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Ghost Flower Door Wreath

3 Oct



Its October! Time for Halloween decorations!

Apologies for my long hiatus from this blog, life gets in the way of my best intentions and efforts sometimes. I’d like to share this craft idea for a Halloween door wreath. I was inspired by this http://pinterest.com/pin/80572280804519777/ post on Pinterest. Unfortunatly I have not been able to find the original posting/poster. If any of you know, please inform me so I can give them due credit.

Supplies I used include:

Basic Door Wreath (Dollar Tree for $1.00)

Halloween Decoration Gauze (Wal-Mart $2.00)

Screen Door metal mesh (had left over product from Jewelry frame project)

Some jewelry making wire and a couple clear beads

White Spray Paint

Directions: Wrap the basic wreath with the gauze. Cut the screen mesh into several squares of various sizes. I used one large square, two medium, and one small square. Diagonally fold the mesh square and shape into a flower. A word of caution, I gave myself a couple metal splinters so please me careful when working with the mesh. Once the “flowers” are shaped, spray paint them, allow to dry and adhere to the wreath.

Enjoy!

Polymer Clay Peppermint Canes

11 Dec

This is my first attempt creating something with polymer clay.  It was quite fun and very quick to make.

Supplies:

Sculpey White Polymer Clay

Sculpey Red Polymer Clay

Cutting Tool

Craft oven

Step 1: Roll the white clay into a chunky cylinder.

 

Step 2: Roll the red clay to condition it, making it easier to work with. Use the cutting tool to cut rectangular strips, equal in length to the cylinder.

Step 3: Press the red strips onto the outside of the white clay cylinder.

Step 4: Roll the cylinder, slightly twisting it, forming the “peppermint” pattern. Continue rolling until you have a cylinder about 1/4″ diameter. Cut in the center.

Step 5: Shape the cane and bake according to the instructions on the package.

 

And Done! Let them cool and then hang them on your tree! Too Cute!

DIY Photo Coasters

3 Dec

Guess what my family will be getting for  Christmas Gifts! Yes, you guessed it, Photo Coasters!

These turned out wonderful, very easy to create and won’t break your Christmas budget!

Supplies

Ceramic Tile $.16 per tile @ Menards

Modge Podge: $8.99 @ Michael’s

Foam Brush: $0.58 @ Menards

Crystal Clear Enamel:  $3.68 @ Menards

Photos: 4×6 standard prints $.19 per print @ Target

Black Felt: Had on hand

Super Glue: Had on hand

Step 1 – Make sure the ceramic tiles are clean. Use the sponge brush to apply Mod Podge to the tile. Adhere the photo. Allow to dry.

Step 2 – Spray the tile with enamel, allow to dry.

Step 3 – Cut and glue the felt to the bottom of the coaster.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Ghost Candle and Vampire’s Kiss Candle

4 Oct

I dreamed up these candles and I’m in LOVE with them! The Ghost Candle came out lovely!

To make them, I used the water candle technique. Basically, you submerge hot wax in cold water to get the whimsical flowing effects. A lot of fun!

Supplies:

  • Taper candles
  • Candle Wax
  • Double boiler
  • Candle Warmer
  • Glass jars for the melted wax
  • Sink-full of cold water
  • Aluminum pie pan (for Vampire’s Kiss candle)

Vampire’s Kiss Candle Directions

Step 1 – Melt your wax in the double boiler. I didn’t have a double boiler so I had to improvise. I used empty/clean glass jelly jars to melt the wax in.

Step 2 – I broke the taper candles into three pieces. They were too tall. It is necessary to completely submerge the candle in water, therefore the taper candle shouldn’t be taller than the level of water in your sink.

Step 3 – Use some melted wax to “glue” the taper candle in the center of the aluminum pan.

Step 4 – Using oven mitts, pour the hot wax into the aluminum pan. Using both hands, submerge the pan with the hot wax. It took me several attempts to build the candle pictured. Use small amounts of wax and vary the speed at which you submerge the candle. Keep the candle under the water for a little bit to make sure the wax has hardened. To get the candle out of the aluminum pan, holding the candle by the exposed wick, I put it back into the boiling water. Don’t allow boiling water to get into the pan! All you want is for the pan to heat up a little so the wax will melt and release from the pan.

Step 4 – Place the candle on a paper towel to dry. Water will sometimes be trapped so tilt the candle or turn upside down carefully so the trapped water can drain out.

Ghost Candle Directions

For the Ghost candle, I used the same basic technique, except I didn’t use an aluminum pan. I poured hot wax into the sink and slowly built a “base”. I then “glued” the taper candle to the created base with a small amount of melted wax. To build up the candle, hold the base in the water, pour hot wax down the taper candle, and submerge, repeat until you are happy with your creation.

Step 1 – Pour hot wax into the cold water creating a base foundation.

Step 2 – Attach the taper candle to the base with a small amount of hot wax.

Step 3 – Build the candle by pouring hot wax down the taper candle and submerging. Repeat as desired.

You will get hot wax on you and you will get wax all over the sink. These candles are very delicate, the flowing effects are sometimes very thin and will break off. Be gentle.

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Happy Crafting and Enjoy!

Next Post will be my Plague Candle and Black Magic Candle! I’m looking forward to creating them!

Halloween Glow-In-The-Dark Door Wreath

2 Oct

This year I’m hosting a themed Halloween party, so my door wreath needed to reflect my theme. I’m keeping the theme a secret until a week before Halloween, hehee. My main goal for my door wreath was that it would function in daylight and at night. I used glow-in-the-dark paint on several elements in the wreath plus some glow-in-the-dark plastic bats, rats, and bugs.

Supplies used:

Pre contructed basic door wreath (I got mine for $1.00 at Dollar Tree)

Glow-In-The-Dark Creatures ($1.00 a bag at Dollar Tree)

Scraps of black satin

Twigs and Sticks

Green Spider Web decoration

Black Feathers

Hot Glue Gun

Glow-In-The-Dark Paint

Alphabet Stickers

I think over the next week I’ll add more elements to it with more glow-in-the-dark creepy creatures, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Not too shabby for my first door wreath attempt.

Happy Crafting!

Thread Pumpkins

12 Sep

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Fall is here! The leaves are turning, the breeze is crisp, and autumn decorations are already up in the stores.  All the beautiful decorations inspired me to create these tabletop pumpkins! The base idea was inspired by http://ruffledblog.com/diy-string-wedding-chandelier/

Materials Used:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Baby Powder
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Water
  • Balloons
  • Tin loaf baking container
  • Yarn, string, or cross stitch floss (I used two shades of brown and an antique yellow, plus green for the stem)
  • Large “C” clamps (this will make sense later in the directions)
Preparation – I punched one hole on both sides of the tin container about 1″ up from the bottom. Run the floss through the hole on one side, into the mixture, and out the other hole. This helped me save some time and streamline the process. Also, this craft project is messy, I worked on a large piece of cardboard, a tarp would work nicely to. Work on anything that isn’t going to be ruined if you get glue on it.
Step 1 – Rub the petroleum jelly over the entire surface of the blown up balloon. This is done so that glue soaked string does not stick to the balloon.
Step 2 – Mix the glue, water, and corn starch together in the tin container until the mixture is smooth. No clumps. I didn’t measure the amounts, but I used about 1/4 water, 1/4 corn starch, 1/2 glue for my mixture.  I used an empty tomato paste aluminum can to hold the floss in the mixture. See the image for clarification.
Step 3 – Run the string  through the mixture and begin wrapping the  around the balloon.  Keep wrapping until you have a desired amount of coverage across the balloon.
Step 4 – Apply some petroleum jelly to the clamp ends of the “C” clamp. Do this so the glue soaked string doesn’t stick to the “C” clamp.  Insert the thread wrapped balloon into the “C” clamp, use the “C” clamp to achieve the squatty rotund shape of a pumpkin.  I used two “C” clamps, one to form a base for the second, so the second one would stand upright.  See image.
Step 5 – Allow the thread to dry and harden overnight.
Step 6 – Pop the  balloon! I had a dense coverage of thread so I had to fish the popped balloon remains out from between the hardened string.
To Make the green pumpkin stem, I used clear tape to shape a curved cone, covered it in petroleum jelly, and used green floss following the above steps. Once dried, glue the stem to the pumpkin.
You now have some new decor to add to your living space! Happy Crafting!
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Below is a video showing the wrapping of the balloon and putting the wrapped balloon into the “C” clamp. My apologies as I’m not so good with shooting video yet.
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